by Robert Wilkinson
In September and October 2010 the Grand Irrationality is triggered quite a few times by the inner planets. Expect things to get very heavy in the way of choices and changes involving Capricorn, Aquarius, Virgo and Scorpio sectors in our maps triggering shifts in Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio resonant areas.
This 9 week period marks a very important point in getting clear about the magnetics and specific tasks to be done and training to be learned connected to forks in the road and forms of obsessive or compulsive behaviors in self or others. These will be most evident in the houses occupied by the signs listed above.
As noted in previous articles on The Grand Irrationality, as the inner planets make septiles, biseptiles, and triseptiles to Neptune, Pluto, or any other planet in one of the 7 zones of the Grand Irrationality, we confront major forks in the road in areas of our lives where these are transiting.
A brief reminder of what brought us to this dance. Saturn biseptiled Pluto and triseptiled Neptune and Chiron three different periods between September 2008 and August 2009. This set major decisions into play where each of us determined our "future destiny" by the choices we made.
Many of the ramifications of these realizations began to be set into play by Mars in October 2009. This was followed by a slow down period January-February 2010 (Mars retrograde) even as Jupiter expanded the Neptunian possibilities and hit a major turning point in its relationship to the larger Plutonic transformational tension.
Mars going direct in early March at 1 degree Leo set the current time-field into motion. Between late February and early April Mars acted as a nozzle focusing the Grand Irrationality Neptune and Pluto energies. You can find more about this significant point of "fork in the road" energies by going to Mars in Leo Triseptile Neptune and Pluto Triggering the Grand Irrationality in February-March 2010.
As noted in part one, during September and October 2010 the hot zones of The Grand Irrationality are approximately 2-6 Capricorn, 24-28 Aquarius, 15-19 Aries, 6-10 Gemini, 28 Cancer to 2 Leo, 19-23 Virgo, and 10-14 Scorpio depending on what degrees Neptune and Pluto occupy plus the orb of influence.
Every time the Moon moves through these zones it triggers the whole pattern. Recently, the pattern was triggered by the Moon on August 19-20, 24, 27-28, and September 1, 5, 8, 11-12, and 15-16. We begin this scan of Lunar influences by noting that it will move through the Aquarius zone on September 20, and again October 17-18. Besides triggering the Grand Irrationality each time it conjuncts Neptune, it also activates Solar Eclipse effects from both 2008 and 2009.
These influences are far-reaching in their effects on humanity, since it involved the Moon conjuncting Neptune and Chiron (and still does!) Thus each month the Moon reinforces and gives form to long range manifestations arising from those very important eclipses.
When the Moon moves through Aquarius, it activates the Neptune and North Node points from the February 2008 Solar Eclipse at 18 Aquarius, as well as the Neptune point in the January 2009 Solar Eclipse at 7 Aquarius. These are both important long wave influences lasting for years.
The February 2008 Solar Eclipse has unveiled and will continue to unveil many things in years to come. This eclipse involves a widespread need to finish some renewal within a public or collective setup. The January 2009 Solar Eclipse has been and continues to bring forth original mutations and the birth of global Beings cut loose from local conditions and limited standards.
To remind you, it was extraordinarily important that the February 2008 Solar Eclipse began the year of the Earth Rat, indicating that year departed from prior long cycles since the Rat begins the sequence of Chinese Astrological animals. Due to the position of the Moon’s Nodes, which create the Eclipse effect, the January 2009 Solar Eclipse also marked the beginning of a Chinese Year, that of the Earth Ox. You can find more by going to the archives for those months in 2008 and 2009 to find more.
If you want to know more about the Aquarius Solar eclipses, please visit the articles dealing with them in the archives. Also important is the 2009 Lunar Eclipse, since the Sun was conjunct Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune thus impacting the number of months afterward according to the length of that eclipse. Jupiter in Aquarius also boosting the Eclipse energies at several points in 2009, expanding the scope of what we learned and/or were taught. This set new Aquarian initiatives into motion for 12 years to come.
So during 2009, Jupiter set the Grand Irrationality and several Eclipses into motion in a big way. This finalized some things and opened new vistas of group work and ways to manage our energies in collective circumstances.
These were launched when it went through the Aquarius zone for the third and last time in December 2009 and January 2010. You can find more about what that meant by going to Jupiter conjunct Neptune in the Aquarius zone of the Grand Irrationality.
Continuing the series of Lunar transits through the zones of the Grand Irrationality, the Moon will move through the Aries zone of the pattern on September 24 and October 21-22. As noted yesterday, these periods continue to echo important Venus lessons set up between March and May 2009 and re-visited between mid-March and early April 2010. If you want to learn more about what the Venus lessons entailed, check the archives for March 2009.
The Moon moves through the Gemini zone on September 28-29 and again on October 25-26, after which it moves into the very important span between 28 Cancer and 2 Leo. Effects of these transits were set into major motion when Mars occupied early Leo earlier this year, and each time the Moon moves through this zone it echos and gives form to whatever began to erupt in our lives in March 2010 after a slowdown last Winter.
As I noted yesterday, this first began in mid-to-late October 2009. Then Mars went retrograde, and occupied the zone from mid-February through early April 2010. The Moon activated the influence in a big way February 25-26 as Mars was about to go stationary direct. This set The Grand Irrationality into constant motion from then through early April.
This period will continue to be a very important "platform" for our activities for all of 2010, launching spontaneous "conflagrations" in whatever area of our chart that 1 Leo occupies. The echos of the Mars effect happened again September 4-5, and will again be most prominent October 2 (birthday to one of history's odd couples) and October 29-30.
The Moon moved through the Virgo zone on September 8-9, and will repeat that transit October 5-6 and November 2, election day in America. When the Moon transits Virgo, it again brings focus to what Saturn structured while that planet was triggering the Grand Irrationality during 2008-2009.
Even though Saturn left the Virgo zone quite a while ago, the Moon's transit will "echo" the lessons, challenges, and responsibilities crystallized by Saturn's transit through the Grand Irrationality mid-Virgo zone. These continue to provide us forms and reminders regarding Dharma, responsibility, and our "education" that has prepared us to embrace the archetypal roles we've begun to live since October-November 2009.
The Moon moved through the Scorpio zone September 11-12. It will pass through again on October 9, when it conjuncts Venus in the Scorpio zone. That is immediately followed by its conjunction with Mars at 18 Scorpio, a transfiguration degree that will mark the Scorpio zone in Spring 2011. So this transit of Scorpio conjunct Venus holds clues to what will be in play next March, April, and May.
Finishing the series of Lunar transits through the Grand Irrationality zone, the Moon moved through the Capricorn zone Sept 15-16, and will do so again October 13. Each time the Moon moves through Capricorn it triggers past and present conjunctions of Pluto with the Galactic Center. This has been releasing influences beyond comprehension (but not experiencing!) of 250 year transformational seeds of Galactic patterns into form. We've launched a new quarter millennium the past few years!
Since the Moon nurtures and gives form to whatever it touches, each time it transits early Cap it re-focuses the Galactic Center energies currently sprouting as a result of past and present Pluto conjunctions with the GC. You can find out more about the Galactic Center energies by checking out Pluto at the Galactic Center. Also relevant is the article Galactic Center Conjunctions by Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto - the Newest Influences What's Coming in 2012, since all outer planet conjunctions to the GC set up long wave global transformational pulses through subsequent transits.
There is a lot to explore, so take your time and try to get a sense of these "galactic" energies that will impact our planet for at least 250 years to come, and probably much longer, if other long cycle time-wave factors are taken into consideration. I have numerous articles about the GC in the archives, so enjoy!
The main signal points when the inner planets will trigger the effect during this 9 week period are September 10-15 (Sun in Virgo), September 26-29 (Mercury in Virgo), September 22-October 23 (Venus in Scorpio), September 28-October 5 (Mars in Scorpio), and October 26-29 (Mercury in Scorpio). Thus you can see there will be times that are very active!
If the Moon is also in a zone of the Grand Irrationality during the transit periods mentioned above, the pattern is reinforced or another point is added. In September, that puts a special emphasis on Sept 11-12 (Sun in Virgo, Moon in Scorpio - 4 points, 4 planets), September 15 (Sun in Virgo, Moon in Capricorn - 3 points, 4 planets), September 24 (Venus in Scorpio, Moon in Aries - 4 points, 4 planets), and one of the heaviest periods of all, September 28-29 (Venus and Mars in Scorpio, Mercury in Virgo, Moon in Gemini - 5 points, 6 planets!) This last time frame will be extraordinarily important for everyone, given that at times at least 6 major points in our charts will be activated by the transits!In October, we find the primary hot spots in time to be October 2 (Venus and Mars in Scorpio, Moon in Cancer/Leo - 4 points, 5 planets), October 5-6 (Venus and Mars in Scorpio, Moon in Virgo, - 4 points, 5 planets), October 9 (Moon conjunct Venus in Scorpio - 3 points, 4 planets), October 13 (Venus in Scorpio, Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto - 3 points, 4 planets), October 17-18 (Venus in Scorpio, Moon in Aquarius - 3 points, 4 planets), October 21-22 (Venus in Scorpio, Moon in Aries - 4 points, 4 planets), October 25-26 (Mercury in Scorpio, Moon in Gemini - 4 points, 4 planets) and October 29 (Mercury in Scorpio, Moon in Cancer/Leo - 4 points, 4 planets.)
(I've not included Chiron in any of the above. Since it's conjunct Neptune and sometimes septile Pluto, it obviously adds another factor to the mix, if you're so inclined.)
These days will definitely mark important forks in the road since at times we'll have quite a few points active involving many planets. These will be times when the influence cut across many areas of life.
So during this period, 4 points will usually be active, with a potential 5th, or 6th whenever the transiting Ascendant or Midheaven transits an empty "hot zone." Given how active late September is, we could even have 6 or 7 points going simultaneously, making it seem during those days that the influence is non-stop and things will be in constant motion!
Each time the Grand Irrationality is stimulated by the inner planets, it manifests along its most characteristic Pluto in Capricorn-Neptune in Aquarius energies. Throughout last year, the Aquarius conjunctions added intensity to that anchoring aspect and brought the energies of the personality planets to focus the Jupiter conjunct Neptune influence.
This continued through early January 2010. The Capricorn conjunctions all coax forth forms of the Plutonic seeds set into motion by the December 2007 conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto, along with the December 2008 initiatives resulting from Mars conjunct Pluto. This will be triggered in a big way in December, when Mercury and Mars both conjunct Pluto at the Galactic Center!!!
Since the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all move through at least one of the zones in this forecast period, and the Moon moves through all 7 zones repeatedly, they will trigger changes in the houses ruled by these planets. This will also affect any life areas where we have planets in those hot zones. The houses they occupy as well as rule will be most directly affected.
Since these planets rule 8 of the 12 signs, we will be put through major choices and "forks in the road of destiny" in quite a few areas of our lives. Add that Moons in Virgo echo the Saturn in Virgo energies of the recent past, and the Moon in Aquarius echos the Jupiter in Aquarius influence on the Grand Irrationality, it could be said that every area of our lives will continue to be impacted in major ways. This will show as important changes set into motion by our character choices over the next 9 weeks.
That's why it's important to stay on top of what's being triggered and when as the transiting planets as they move through these zones. Regardless of which zones are triggered when by what, during transits to any of the 7 zones of influence we can expect shifts, changes, forks in the road, irrational or compulsive behavior in self or others, and important times of decision.
Adding to the intensity of this constant influence on our times, we also have other septile configurations that come and go between other planets, some more quickly than others. An example of this is when the inner planets make septiles, biseptiles, and triseptiles to Jupiter and Uranus in late Pisces. Given the powerful influence of Uranus across the entire spectrum of human activity, you could see how this could also trigger major choices and changes in the realm of individuation, innovation, and creative revolution in our personality structure.
When the inner planets all conjuncted Uranus in March, these re-set the Uranian output for the year connected to the areas of life those planets rule. Now, as Uranus occupies the area of 28-30 Pisces, we will have periods when we confront Uranian irrationality and individuation choices.
We saw important developments connected to these conjunctions when the planets moved through 18-22 Taurus (April 14-18, May 7-12, May 31-June 5), and will see further developments when they move through 9-13 Cancer (May 26-31, June 29-July 4), and 1-5 Virgo (June 6-15, July 9-14, July 27-31). Most recently, we saw action in the 22-26 Libra zone from Venus and Mars between August 28 and September 9.
Now that Jupiter and Uranus will occupy 25-30 Pisces during this period, we can expect more forks in the road related to the emergent global individuation process as the Sun and Mercury both triseptile Jupiter and Uranus between October 14-18 and Mercury and Mars both biseptile them in mid-November.
Of course, the Moon also activates this irrational, revolutionizing influence 7 times a month as well, including the time spans involved with Neptune and Pluto. While not "The Grand Irrationality," this is still a very important force in our individual and collective experience.
Connected to the larger Grand Irrationality pattern, in December 2008 Mars conjuncted Pluto at the Galactic Center. That ended an old cycle that began January 2007 and activated the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction cycle that began December 2007. Given the constant Saturn pressure from the Virgo zone highly active at that time, it set up major shifts globally for 2009.
Mars will make a conjunction with Pluto at 5 Capricorn this coming December 13-14, accompanied with Mercury going stationary retrograde at 6 Capricorn on December 10, 2010 (also exactly conjunct Pluto). This marks a time when the current Mars-Pluto cycle ends and a new one begins. All that we've been going through since December 2008 sets up different Galactic Center manifestations to come in 2011 and 2012. I'll write more about this later in the year.
Of some substantial importance, late December 2008 was more volatile than usual due to Jupiter making a waning septile with Uranus. This marked the forming of the seed of the future Jupiter-Uranus cycle that began this year with their conjunction in early Aries in June. That accelerated and expanded the major Cardinal squares and oppositions of 2009-2010-2011-2012-2013.
They will conjunct again on September 18 at 29 Pisces, and again for the last time for many years at 28 Pisces on January 4, 2011, a few hours after the Solar Eclipse at 14 Capricorn, also on January 4. Those quintiles between the Eclipse and Jupiter/Uranus, along with Venusian trines from late Scorpio, should make 2011-2012-2013 very unique and specialized years of major abundance if we get the right "historical perspective" and drop outmoded images and interpretations. More on that when the Eclipse gets closer.
So during the next few weeks, be discriminating as you go deeper, eliminating all that is unnecessary to make your magnetism cleaner and clearer. This can help you attract whatever you need to make your emergent archetypal roles more solid. Beginning late September into early October, how we relate diverse things and build or use lines of communication wisely is all important. How skillfully we do those things determines which direction the "forks in the road of destiny" will take us.
Copyright © 2010 Robert Wilkinson